The Short List: FRB Staff Concert Picks of the Week (October 22 – 28)

Each week, Front Row Boston’s staff gives you our Short List: the bands and musicians in and around town we think you should hear.

Sunday, 10/22 — Guns N’ Roses at the TD Garden

Nothing is making us happier than kicking off this week’s concert recommendations with a Guns N’ Roses concert. Rolling Stone is dubbing the band’s “Not In This Lifetime Tour” “a triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history.” LA WEEKLY notes it’s “everything fans could hope for” while The Washington Times says the show delivers a set of “inspired surprises.” We’ll definitely see you there. We can’t think of a better way to stay out late on a work/school night.

Tuesday, 10/24 — Our Lady Peace at the Paradise 

It’s been 20 years since Our Lady Peace released their commercial success Clumsy. The hit single “Superman’s Dead” propelled the album into platinum status. Thealt.com talked to frontman Raine Maida about the messages within the songs on the album and here’s what he had to say: “I’m a bit of a cynic, I try to heal from that, and I think the songs are part of that healing. There’s a realism and… I definitely think that’s what makes a lot of those songs staples. [But] if they didn’t have that hope it’d probably make them difficult to sing every night.” The band will be playing the album in its entirety during this show. Smshng Hrts will open.

Friday, 10/27 — Air Traffic Controller at the Once Ballroom

It’s been almost a year since Air Traffic Controller came in to WGBH for an in studio performance, and we’re still reeling. The live version of their original song “On the Wire” is our personal favorite. You can watch the video here. And you bet we’re going to recommend that you go check out their live shows. They’ll be playing songs from Echo Papa, their new 2017 release with a new 2017 sound. “On every album, I think the songs are pretty different from each other. And then each album is quite different, too,” ATC’s Dave Munro tells AXS in an interview. “It’s kind of a challenge to always be trying new things, but I think we have the right producer for that. He’s all about just breaking new ground and that’s always been exciting to me. The Bowie tribute band Starman, The Symptoms, Suncruiser, and the oh so awesome DJ Day Glow will be joining.